Lately, From The Library

I've been checking out a lot of kid's books lately, in part because they're quick and fun (and I'm trying to finish 20 books before this baby comes - currently on number 18), but also because I recently embarked on a new potential business venture, which I will tell you more about before too long. Let's just say I may have found a way to do some of my most favorite kinds of teaching work on (mostly) my own terms. I loved The One And Only Ivan, didn't love The Fourteenth Goldfish, and have yet to start Junonia or Doll Bones. All four were written by Newberry Award-winning authors, which is why I picked them up.

All The Light We Cannot See is one that's been on my holds list since back in January - large print edition, even! - so I'm cranking through it as fast as I can before I have to return it. I've heard from a couple of different people that this story took a little bit to get into, but that they loved it by the end. I'm about 300 pages in and so far I'm interested and hopeful that it's headed somewhere satisfying.  

Have you read any of these? Love it or hate it? The underdog's on top?

Also, you guys. I only have 12 friends on Goodreads. Surely there are more of you over there. Come be friends with me!


Well hello! Happy Friday to you. Can you believe that this time next week it will be April? I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around it. I am, however, enjoying the slightly sunnier weather we're starting to experience. Plus the tulips! They're so plentiful and cheap, I've pretty much got a fresh bunch going on at home every week. Can't complain. I hope you have something fun and springy planned for the weekend. Here are some of my favorite things from The Internet lately - just for you. Enjoy!  

She's the best.

Especially if you shop at Publix, you should see this film. (It's on Netflix.)

"I mean, aside from finding it personally humiliating, that’s incredibly unsafe and cruel. I thought you were dying." I've always loved The Sandlot, but this is magnificent.

This made me want to go on vacation with my sisters.

I really appreciate this perspective, especially as I prepare to be admitted to a hospital for the first time in my life.

We got to see these guys live last night and oh my. What fun.

Maternity Portraits!

I haven't shared many photos of my pregnant self, mainly because most of the time I'm wearing what looks like a cross between pajamas and restaurant kitchen staff attire (shout out to my Danskos) in an attempt to be as comfortable as possible. Dann nailed this shot last weekend, which is a pretty accurate depiction.

However, when we were in Portland and I was 32 weeks along, we had the pleasure of meeting Kate Donaldson, who made all of these lovely pictures of the two of us. The sun was shining and the frogs were croaking and we adventured into the trees for an afternoon of documenting just how excited we are to meet this little guy. We both wore grey to match my roots.

Kate posted a bunch of her other shots on her blog, so go check it out if you want to see more!


Well hello! Happy Friday the 13th. I snapped this pic from the car while I was stopped at a red light after dropping my friend Kimbo at the airport on Monday morning. It made me laugh, then wonder how long it's been since that poor truck was washed. Also, our baby is officially due in exactly four weeks, so we're getting pretty excited around here. Excited and a little nervous about where all his stuff is going to go, but mostly excited. I hope you have something fun planned for the weekend, now that there's a whole extra hour of sunlight at the end of the day! Here are some of my favorite things from The Internet lately - just for you. Enjoy!

This is awesome.

It is utterly ridiculous that the cost of a program like this prohibits schools from using it.

Because this is what they're spending the money on.

Pretty sure some of my favorite poems were written by Etch-A-Sketch.

This is heartbreaking.

"I really really - in that moment - thought that if I offered my sister a monthly stipend, that it was a completely rational idea to give her my child." I just discovered this podcast and I love it.